From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/12/2013 12:15:44 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Calls Needed Today to Oppose Lowering Compulsory School Age from 7 to 6

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Calls Needed Today to Oppose Lowering
Compulsory School Attendance Age from 7 to 6

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A bill in the Illinois House of Representatives that would lower the
starting age for compulsory school age from 7 to 6 and repeal the
graduation exemption will have its first hearing tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
Please call today to oppose the bill! (This is a different bill than
the bill in the Senate, SB 1307.)

HB 2762 would force children to start formal schooling a full year
younger than under current law. One size does not fit all. Parents
know best whether each individual child should start school at 6 or 7.

Under current law, once a child graduates, he is exempt from
compulsory attendance. But HB 2762 creates the crazy situation where
a bright 16-year-old might graduate from high school, but still be
required to attend school!


Please call today! Use our Legislative Toolbox at to find who your Illinois
state representative is. (You will only be able to find your state
senator if you enter your Zip code). If he or she is listed below as
a member of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee,
please call before 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Please call the committee chairman and vice chair even if your
representative is not listed below.

Your message can be as simple as: "Please vote 'no' on HB 2762. It
would lower the age of compulsory school attendance from 7 to 6 and
make some young adults attend school even after high school
graduation. Parents, not the government, know when it's best for their
young child to start formal education. Taxes will go up for everyone
to pay for it."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler since this
would affect every Illinois parent.

Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a member

CONTACT INFORMATION--The committee members are:

Linda Chapa LaVia, Chairperson; (217) 558-1002

Fred Crespo, Vice-Chairperson; (217) 782-0347

Sandra M. Pihos, Republican Spokesperson; (217) 782-8037

Monique D. Davis; (217) 782-0010

Kenneth Dunkin; (217) 782-4535

Marcus C. Evans, Jr.; (217) 782-8272

Esther Golar ; (217) 782-5971

Camille Y. Lilly; (217) 782-6400

Bill Mitchell; (217) 782-8163

Donald L. Moffitt; (217) 782-8032

Pam Roth; (217) 782-5997

Barbara Wheeler; (217) 782-1664


HSLDA and the Illinois Christian Home Educators are united in opposing
this bill.

Forcing children to attend school at age 6 is a bad idea because:

1. There are no long-term repeatable studies proving that starting
school at age 6 rather than 7 is better for the child. Studies show
that early childhood education does not improve a child's future
because early gains disappear in a few years. This is especially
significant for boys, because they develop school-related skills more
slowly than girls at this age.

2. It decreases beneficial parent contact with children. Extra years
of development outside of school can be critical for a young child.
Carl Zinsmeister, adjunct research associate at the American
Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, says, "Declining
parental attachment is an extremely serious risk to children today.
The verdict of enormous psychological literature is that time spent
with the parent is the very clearest correlate of healthy child
development." Parents should continue to have the authority to decide
what is best for their children.

3. The concept behind the bill is faulty. While it is true that young
children's brains develop rapidly, there is no reliable research that
says that formal education is better than a normal home environment
for helping the child grow intellectually. Many studies show just the
opposite: that a home where contact with parents is maximized is the
healthiest way for young children to grow mentally, emotionally and

4. HB 2762 would be costly. It will put pressure on lawmakers to
raise your taxes to pay for formal education parents don't want. It
will put pressure on school systems to borrow to build new buildings,
effectively transferring debt to the next generation.

Some bright young people can finish their secondary education before
age 17. They should be allowed to move on with their lives. It's bad
policy to put young adults who have graduated from high school under
any form of continuing mandate for schooling.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Link to text of bill:


Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel,
Home School Legal Defense Association

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